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L0363: Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Higher Education

Course Goal:

To provide institutions of higher education with knowledge and planning strategies to better protect lives, property, and operations more effectively and efficiently within the context of comprehensive emergency management.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this training, participants should be able to:

  • Define comprehensive emergency management
  • Recognize the importance of an emergency planning as it relates to the unique needs of an Institution of Higher Education (IHE) and the functional capacities of an emergency management planning team
  • Identify hazards that present risks for IHEs and the impacts of those hazards
  • Identify the process and benefits of conducting a risk assessment
  • Create a partnership with internal and external stakeholders
  • Identify and assemble a planning team
  • Develop or revise a multi-hazard Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
  • Develop and implement a strategy for training and testing an EOP

Target Audience:

The primary audience for this 3-day training is personnel from institutions of higher education who have responsibilities for creating, reviewing, implementing, and exercising EOPs. This includes personnel with the direct responsibility for emergency management as well as other campus personnel who may serve as members of the planning team.

The people who need to be trained are those who traditionally have experience in response strategies vs. planning strategies, and who have minimal experience in emergency management planning for institutions of higher education.

Secondary audiences include:

  • Stakeholders from the surrounding community
  • Administrators
  • Faculty
  • Target Audience:

Course Length:

3-day course

Course Methodologies:

Highly interactive presentations and class exercises coupled with numerous individual and small-group practice activities will help ensure that participants develop a high level of mastery in the class, and will facilitate the transfer of the relevant skills and knowledge.


IS100HE - ICS for Higher Education

Course Units:

Unit 1: Emergency Management: What Is It? Why Do It?

The purpose of this unit is to set the context for the rest of the course within comprehensive emergency management and to ensure a foundation level of knowledge.

  • Identify the elements of the preparedness system described in key preparedness doctrine and guidance
  • Explain the relationship between core capabilities, the five mission areas, and preparedness
  • Explain the benefits of emergency planning
  • Analyze the unique needs of higher education emergency planning

Unit 2: Emergency Operations Center

The purpose of this unit is to introduce the concept of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and to discuss the considerations for setting up the EOC.

  • Describe the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and its role
  • Describe the functions of an EOC
  • Identify the benefits of an effective EOC
  • Identify factors to consider when setting up an EOC
  • Describe characteristics of an EOC
  • Describe the relationship between the EOC and the ICP command structure in the field

Unit 3: Managing Your EOC Using ICS

The purpose of this unit is to review and apply Incident Command System (ICS) concepts so that you can incorporate ICS principles and procedures into your Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for your campus. In later units, we will talk specifically about the process for developing your EOP.

  • Describe the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Describe the benefits of ICS for incident management
  • Describe the features of ICS
  • Identify steps to be taken to institutionalize ICS
  • Evaluate your preparedness to incorporate the concepts and principles of ICS
  • Identify potential Campus ICP/EOC interface issues
  • Explain the features of Unified Command

Unit 4: Identifying Hazards and Their Impacts

  • Identify the three main classes of hazards that may affect campuses: human-caused, natural, and technological
  • Develop examples of hazards under each class
  • Evaluate the impacts of these hazards

Unit 5: Using a Risk Assessment Process

  • Define risk assessment
  • Identify benefits of risk assessments
  • Demonstrate the process of risk assessment
  • Use a risk assessment tool

Unit 6: Partnering with Stakeholders

  • Identify their external and internal stakeholders
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of internal and external stakeholders
  • Discuss strategies for engaging stakeholders
  • Discuss the benefits of pre-established agreements

Unit 7: Assembling Your Planning Team

  • Discuss the need for executive-level support
  • Identify the core planning team members
  • Define role, scope, and authority of the planning team

Unit 8: Developing Your Multi-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan

  • Describe the format and contents of an EOP according to accepted standards
  • Differentiate between EOP and other planning processes
  • Discuss the impact of EOP on other planning processes

Unit 9: Training and Testing Your Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

  • Conduct a training needs assessment of key campus personnel
  • List training resources available for response and EOP
  • List the benefits of testing EOP with exercises
  • Describe the exercise types: orientation, drill, tabletop, functional, and full-scale
  • Determine what exercise types are appropriate for your institution
  • Design an exercise program to test and revise an EOP continually

To Schedule A Course Offering

If your institution is interested in hosting the L0363 class on your campus, contact Tina Hovermale ( for more information.

2016 Schedule

2016 L0363 Schedule
Registration is handled by the host institution. If you are interested in a specific offering, contact Tina Hovermale at for contact information.

Links to Websites that will be useful and institutions proceed with the development of Emergency Operation Plans

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